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2020 Color of The Year: How To Wear “Classic Blue” With K-Fashion

It’s official: Pantone has announced “Classic Blue” as the Color of the Year for 2020!

The color authority explains Classic Blue as “non-aggressive and easily relatable”, meaning it’s an easy and effortless shade to wear no matter what your skin tone or fashion aesthetic.

The 2020 Color of the Year is extremely versatile and can be worn for every occasion, no matter your style. Here, we list Korean fashion clothes & pieces you can find in Classic Blue:

 

Basic Tees

L-R: Ice Cooling Round Tee, Neutral Tee Woman Blue

A simple blue tee is the easiest way to implement the 2020 Color of the Year into your wardrobe. Pair it with white skinny jeans or joggers for a casual look or a white skirt for a cute and feminine effect.

 

Outerwear

L-R: Course Jacket, Rina Hoodie Long Padding

While seasonal, puffer jackets are a great way to add a splash of trendy color to your outfit. For a dramatic impact, wear it over a neutral-colored outfit.

Men’s blazers and coats are also a great option. Layering a structured jacket over dark pants and a light-colored shirt is a quick and easy way to look sophisticated and polished.

 

Pictured: Single Coat Handmade

 

Denim

Pictured: Vintage Wide Denim Pants

The good news? There’s a 99.99% chance you already have denim in your closet, so wearing Classic Blue is a breeze. The even better news? There are tons of awesome new Classic Blue denim styles in relaxed and straight fits that are comfy, trendy, and give your wardrobe a total refresher.

 

Shirts & Blouses

L-R: Ovenin Frill Pearl Blouse, Pusia Pintuk Blouse, Large Plaid Overfit Shirt

A Classic Blue shirt or blouse is probably the most versatile piece in your closet. A solid-colored blouse is ultra-sleek, chic, and professional, while a blue plaid shirt gives a laid-back and casual aesthetic that’s perfect for everyday.

 

Modern Hanbok

Pictured: Piece Roll Layered Dress Blue Black

Hanbok styles are frequently found in this gorgeous blue shade, so wearing traditional Korean fashion won’t be a struggle. Pair it with pops of red for a truly patriotic moment!

 

How do you plan on wearing classic blue? Sound off in the comments & tag @KOODING in ALL your #classicblue looks on IG!

BLACKPINK Jennie Outfits: How to Achieve Her Iconic Looks For Less

It’s no surprise that BLACKPINK Jennie is already a bonafide style icon. Nicknamed the “Human Gucci”, Jennie is best known for her trendsetting style and unique fashion sense. Her resume is no joke: in just 7 short years, Jennie has already snagged multiple brand collabs with high-end fashion and beauty brands, selling out every product she’s featured with. Currently, she’s a brand ambassador for CHANEL Korea and spokesmodel for Amore Pacific, both of which have dubbed her as an image of luxury and fashion.

With over 20 million followers on Instagram, Jennie’s outfits are a constant source of inspiration for her fans. She’s also known for having airport fashion that manages to be casual yet elegant, rocking everything from baggy pants and graphic tees to crop tops and trendy coats. She takes complete charge of her look, too; whether she’s going solo or working with supergroup BLACKPINK, Jennie assists in the styling of her outfits.

Here, we dish on how you can snag iconic BLACKPINK Jennie outfits for less:

 

1. The Plaid Look

blackpink Jennie outfits

Featured on Jennie’s Instagram, this outfit is simple yet sexy. A simple black crop top with a tie front is paired with a plaid miniskirt for a look that’s perfect for the stage.

Thankfully, you don’t have to break the bank for this easy-to-achieve look. The Volume Twisted Crop Tee by Choper is a wearable dupe for Jennie’s ultra-short top while the Bland Mini Skirt by DABAGIRL gives serious Burberry vibes without the crazy price tag.

 

 

2. The Airport Look

blackpink Jennie outfits

Is there anything more iconic than 180722 Jennie? Donning a baby blue 90’s CHANEL crop top and baggy black pants, this airport look is proof that you can be both comfy and glamorous.

Unfortunately, Jennie’s CHANEL crop is not only extremely hard to find, but averages around $400. Fortunately, however, the Piece Of Cheese Crop Top by icecream12 gives the same vibe at just $13.99. Pair it with black baggy pants (we recommend these by NDenim) and you’re good to go.

 

 

3. The Tweed Look

blackpink Jennie outfits

In an outfit that screams CHANEL, Jennie is draped in a beautiful tweed dress with frill accents. Layered with a black crop top, this look is classy and timeless.

With CHANEL dresses averaging thousands of dollars, achieving this look may seem impossible. Thankfully, the Tweed Girl Dress by Fiona is almost an exact dupe. Completing the outfit is easy: simply pair with a black turtleneck (we recommend the Long Turtleneck Ribbed Tee by Chuu) and the world’s your runway.

 

 

Which of these BLACKPINK Jennie outfits is your favorite? Who is your K-pop style icon? Sound off in the comments and save $20 off every $100 during our New Year’s Countdown Sale!

Top 10 Korean Fashion Brands You Need to Know For Awesome Style

If you’re looking to add more K-fashion to your life but don’t know where to start, you’ve come to the right place. We guarantee you’ll find a brand for you, too, because these top Korean fashion brands range from timeless and classic to trendy and daring. Read on to discover the hottest brands to come out of Seoul:

 

BASIC HOUSE

When it comes to wardrobe staple pieces, BASIC HOUSE plays no games: this unisex brand’s entire collection consists of essential pieces that every closet needs. From the perfect hoodie to the wear-everywhere coat and tapered trousers, this brand has everything you need when trendy fast fashion just won’t cut it. 

No matter your style, every BASIC HOUSE piece you own is guaranteed to be a mainstay in your closet.

 

Mind Bridge

Not the business casual type? You’re not alone — that’s why Mind Bridge has created a sleek line of professional, yet chic office wear that doesn’t compromise your personal style.

From subtly-printed blazers to button-ups and turtlenecks that are stylish and not stuffy, Mind Bridge designs with the fashion-conscious professional in mind.

 

OPEN THE DOOR

Edgy, edgy, and even more edgy: OPEN THE DOOR’s wild prints, fabrics, and silhouettes are NOT for the shy or timid.

Nothing is off limits with this grungy Korean fashion brand: wild jewelry and funky accessories for both men and women are ever present throughout the brand, as are goth-inspired platforms and unique pieces that would make any Y2K fashion lover’s heart flutter.

 

Chuu

Let’s be honest — what K-fashion lover doesn’t adore Chuu? This feminine and trendy Korean brand is known for not just staying on-trend, but starting them altogether.

From the iconic 5KG Jeans line to their instantly noticeable models, it’s no wonder how Chuu quickly became a household name to fashion connoisseurs around the globe.

 

STYLEMAN

For updated style, opt for STYLEMAN’s full range of current and trendy pieces. This Korean men’s fashion brand has everything you need for the quintessential men’s K-fashion look; from striped button-up shirts to slacks that have tons of stretch, you’ll find anything and everything you need for your everyday wardrobe.

 

LEESLE

Part of our Modern Hanbok Collection, LEESLE is a must-shop for anyone who loves Korean fashion because it blends traditional Korean silhouettes with current patterns, colorways, and designs. The result? An outfit that refuses to compromise tradition OR style.

Available in both men’s and women’s styles, LEESLE is your one-stop-shop for authentic Korean fashion.

 

TIAG

TIAG is all about casual menswear that never goes over-the-top.

This brand makes looking cool effortless through their collection of simple graphic tees, neutral-colored coats, and so much more. It’s no wonder why Taehyung of BTS wears them!

 

NANING9

What makes this brand so popular in Korea? The fact that it has something for everyone. NANING9 is a brand that prides itself on blending flattering silhouettes, trending colors, and interesting patterns for an outfit that stands out while maintaining an everyday appeal.

Above all, NANING9 prides comfort over everything; their ultra-soft fabrics and looser fits ensure you’ll never face a piece you can’t wear cozily.

 

REDHOMME

Trendy, masculine, and classic describe REDHOMME‘s collection. This brand exemplifies cool Korean menswear by keeping their pieces subtle, powerful, and clean.

If you’re looking to shop exclusively from one brand, consider REDHOMME for its ultra-versatile range of nearly everything you need, from basic tees to the coolest of outerwear.

 

JUSTONE

“Classic” is what you’ll find within JUSTONE‘s range of conservative style clothing. This brand is an excellent option for anyone looking for modest Korean fashion that is chic, stylish, and cute.

Even if you aren’t a modest dresser, JUSTONE‘s collection makes everyday style an effortless experience. With over 300 styles to choose from, it’s easy to see why.

 

Which of these top Korean fashion brands are you interested in discovering? Which do you think should have made this list? Sound off in the comments & tell us your favorites!

3 Reasons Turtlenecks Are A Hidden K-Fashion Staple

Korean fashion is constantly updating itself with new trends and styles. Despite this ever-changing landscape,  turtlenecks are the most versatile piece in every K-fashion lover’s closet. Here, we’re bringing you the top 3 reasons why you should add a turtleneck to your cart:

 

They’re A Skirt’s Best Friend

From iconic K-pop girl group looks to the streets of Seoul, is there a more popular Korean women’s fashion item than the miniskirt? Available in any color, pattern, and fabric, it goes with everything and can be paired with nearly anything depending on your mood. Try pairing it with a turtleneck for an adorably youthful and girly look.

If you’re finding miniskirts to be too revealing or show too much skin, a turtleneck is a perfect solution. The full coverage up top helps contrast the amount of skin shown so you can feel comfortable. 

Patterned turtlenecks — like stripes — bring even more attention up top.

 

They Dress Up Any Casual Look

Yes, even the most chill of dressers can rock a turtleneck effortlessly. If you’re a tee-and-jeans type of person, wearing a turtleneck can elevate your look for any occasion.

The Rate Wave Ribbed Half Turtleneck Tee Shirt’s scalloped neckline makes any casual outfit cute and comfortable.

Want to take the look to the next level? Turtlenecks with unique necklines bring more pizzazz to your look without any additional effort.

 

They’re Perfect For Layering

Whether you choose to dress modestly or simply can’t stop wearing your summertime faves, layering a turtleneck underneath nearly anything is the perfect way to stay warm, covered, and stylish. Pair a brightly-colored turtleneck under a dark-colored dress (like cherrykoko’s Modern Vent Dress) for cool contrast or a dark, skintight turtleneck (like chuu’s Good Feeling Tee Shirt Vol 3) under a tailored blazer for a super chic, upscale vibe.

How do you feel about this cold-weather staple? Do you wear turtlenecks often or do you have reservations? Let us know!

Korean Fashion Black Friday Deals: What You Need To Know

Whether you’re going early Christmas gift shopping or want to amplify your wardrobe, our sitewide Korean fashion Black Friday deals have something for everyone. Read on for a sneak peek of the savings to come:

1. Coats

High-quality coats can be pricey; however, they can be oh, so worth it in terms of quality, fit, and style. Finding the right coat that will last you years to come is no easy task — well, until KOODING’s outerwear collection, that is.

L: Wool Stretch Semi Overfit Coat R: Wool Slimfit Single Coat

For timeless pieces with endless style, opt for brands like Basic House and Mind Bridge. Their coats are sleek, come in classic colors, and look good with everything. With both brands on sale, it’s never been a better time to invest in these gorgeous coats that will last ages.

2. Denim

Nothing beats the perfect pair of jeans. Our selection of Korean denim ensures you’ll find your favorite pair. Whether you’re looking for a classic or unique pair of jeans, we’ve got you covered.

This Black Friday, KOODING will be dropping prices on the iconic Chuu 5KG Jeans. Snag the ultra-skinny Chuu 5KG Jeans in Vol 114 for an everyday look or the straight-legged and mega-comfy Chuu 5KG Hobbit Jeans in Vol 105 for an edgy 90’s aesthetic. Chuu’s denim comes in multiple colors (like black) and finishes (like distressed and acid-wash), giving you tons of selection to choose from.

 

3. Makeup & Skincare

Whether you’re into Korean skincare or makeup products (or both), KOODING’s K-beauty collection is the ultimate source for curated Korean beauty products.

Saving on good skin has never been easier: iconic beauty brand SNP will be on sale for Black Friday as will high-end, luxury skincare line Evercell. For an indie K-beauty brand to fall in love with, consider MILLION RED‘s line of eyeshadow palettes, cushion foundation, and more. Nail art and nail care will also be on sale — look for Korean nail brand withshyan.

Which KOODING Korean fashion Black Friday deals are you looking most forward to? Sound off in the comments & stay tuned for more Black Friday updates!

4 Everyday Dresses That Give Major Halloween Energy

As much as we love Halloween costumes, there is nothing better than a DIY costume that you can pull straight from your closet. Not only is it more cost-effective to wear a Halloween costume from things you already own, but it also lets you create a costume that’s perfectly you.

With just a few hair, makeup, and accessory changes, these five everyday dresses can transform from day to Halloween night:

 

Diagonal Strap Half Long Dress by OPEN THE DOOR

An edgy twist to the classic wrap dress, this frock is embellished with a simple silver buckle for maximum versatility. Even better, this dress can layer over any garment of your choosing, making it super easy to change up your look no matter the time of year.

 

Cute Snow Flower Dress by Fiona

Angel vibes, anyone? This dress can easily transform from a girly and fun costume to a soft and delicate option for a brunch with friends or any special occasion.

 

Flutter Moment Dress by chuu

Is there a costume more classic than Wednesday Addams, the queen of Halloween herself? A black dress with a white collar will always be reminiscent of the spooky icon, but this number by chuu can also transfer into the rest of the year as an easy way to look elegant, classy, and chic.

 

Del List Mini Set by LAGIRL

No matter what time of year, this top and skirt set is an adorable and easy going casual look. During the Halloween season, though, this set gives off total Beetlejuice vibes thanks to the neon green stripes. A pair of classic black sneakers and thigh high socks creates a punky aesthetic that looks cute and chic year round.

What’s your Halloween costume this year? Are you buying it, going full on DIY, or a little bit of both? Let us know in the comments!

Meet Stephanie Ahn!

Meet Stephanie Ahn,  blogger from Toronto, Canada who loves fashion, K-pop, good eats, and versatile fashion. Here, she shares her fashion tips, makeup routine, favorite travel destinations and more with KOODING. To learn more about what inspired her to become a blogger, the best Toronto eats from a local, and more, read on.

 

Q: What inspires your fashion?

SA: Anything – trends, family, friends, music, and different cultures. I get inspired on the daily and wear whatever I’m into! 

Q: What influences your fashion style most?

SA: My mood influences my fashion style the most. My style is very diverse and I definitely do not stick to one specific style or type of clothing. Depending on how I’m feeling, I’ll go for edgy, cute, or a classy look. 

Q: What is your favorite item in your closet and why?

SA: My current favorite item in my closet is my brown leather backpack. Backpacks are an accessory that I do not normally gravitate towards but I’ve been digging the way it looks with my outfits lately.

Q: What is the best fashion investment you’ve ever made?

SA: I recently purchased a white clothing rack and it has honestly been so helpful when planning my outfits ahead of time. Would 100% recommend anyone to get a good quality rack for themselves!  

Q: What inspired you to become an influencer

SA: One of my best friends is a blogger and suggested I start an Instagram account. I decided to give it a shot and I really enjoyed it. I love sharing my outfits and lifestyle with my followers and it’s truly motivating that I can be an inspiration and create an impact for others as well! 

Q: What is your skincare routine

SA:

1. Chanel – La Mousse Anti-Pollution Cleansing Cream-to-foam

  1. Chanel- La Mousse Anti-Pollution Cleansing Cream-to-foam
  2. Swiss Line – Watershock Purifying Toner
  3. SKII – Facial Treatment Essence
  4. Tony Moly – Master Lab Real Mask Sheets (Intensive Hydrating or Vitamin C Brightening)
  5. Swiss Line – Force Vitale Aqua Vitale Serum 24
  6. Mary Kay – TimeWise Age-Fighting Moisturizer
  7. Shiseido – BioPerformance LiftDynamic Eye Treatment

I’d love to try these products from KOODING’s Beauty Studio:

  1.  Brilliant Tone Up E.G.G Oil https://www.kooding.com/Brilliant-Tone-Up-E.G.G.-Oil.html?cvarid=5ad8ce155128d0ea8d7912a9&cty=p&caicn=cai_view
  2. Seven Days Vitamin Mist https://www.kooding.com/Seven-Days-Vitamin-Mist.html?cvarid=5ad8ce155128d0ea8d7912a9&cty=p&caicn=cai_view
  3. Miracle Marina Collagen For Face Eye Cream https://www.kooding.com/Miracle-Marine-Collagen-For-Face-Eye-Cream.html?cvarid=5ad8ce155128d0ea8d7912a9&cty=p&caicn=cai_view

It’s very extensive, but I quickly came to realize how important a proper skin care routine is. I think of skincare as an investment and for someone who was definitely not blessed with perfect skin, this routine has helped me achieve healthy and glowing skin. 

Q: What is your makeup routine

SA: 1. Shiseido – Urban Environment Oil-Free UV Protector Broad Spectrum SPF 42 For Face

  1. Makeup Forever – Full Cover Concealer
  2. Nars – All Day Luminous Foundation
  3. Too Faced – Peach Perfect Matte Setting Powder
  4. Nars – Laguna Bronzer (for eyeshadow) 
  5. NYX – Waterproof liner in Mink
  6. Kat Von D – Tattoo Liner
  7. L’oreal  – Telescopic Mascara
  8. Nars – Laguna Bronzer (for contour) 
  9. Nars – Orgasm Powder Blush
  10. Colourpop Golden State of Mind Palette – Golden Egg shadow for highlight
  11. Colourpop Brink for lips

Q: What is one thing most people don’t know about you?

SA: I’m obsessed with Korean variety shows, K-pop, and K-dramas 🙂 Ask me anything about Korean news and I’ll tell you all the juicy deets. 😋

Q: What’s your favorite thing about living in Toronto?

SA: I love the hustle of the city and the diverse people. You can really see that the people in Toronto are determined and working hard to reach their goals. The city inspires me to keep pushing and live a fast-paced life. 

Q: Where are your go to hang out spots, eats, and cafes in Toronto?

SA: Currently, I am loving Lavelle and Constantine to brunch. My go to restaurants are Little Piggy for some quality K-BBQ and KAKA for good sushi. But, my absolute favorite place to hang and eat is Kensington Market. Here you’ll find the most delicious eats for cheap and is probably one of the most unique and fun spots in Toronto. Some of my favorite restaurants in Kensington Market are Rasta Pasta for the best Jamaican food and Seven Lives for the tastiest fish tacos!

Q: Where are your favorite travel destinations and why (both in the states and other countries)?

SA: For the States, I recently traveled to LA for the first time and fell in love with the city. It’s a mix of the hustle from Toronto and chill, laid-back vibes. I still can’t decide if I like Toronto or LA better though! For Europe, my favorite destinations are Rome and Venice, Italy. I was in awe of the beautiful architecture every second I was there and would 100% recommend everyone to visit. Also, the food was 10/10. For Asia, obviously Korea! I go to Korea every other year to visit family and friends and it’s probably my ultimate favorite travel destination. The food, culture, and people are all amazing and I never get tired of it. I’m missing it now just thinking about it. 🙂 

Q: What are your travel essentials?

SA: Currently – Face masks, leather jacket, and resistant bands. Face masks are a must for me as my skin tends to suffer from the change in climates and location. My leather jacket pairs up with any outfit I wear so I always make sure to pack it. Lastly, I always pack my resistant bands so I can work out daily on the go and anywhere.

Q: What goals would you like to achieve before 2019?

SA: My main goal is to move my digital content creation to the next level. I want to continue to create unique and inspiring content for myself and my followers but kick it up a notch. 

Q: What is your favorite thing about KOODING?

SA: I love that KOODING houses so many of my favorite Korean clothing brands. This allows me to shop for any style and any trendy clothing piece I want. The site is also updated with new items regularly so I always have a huge selection to shop from.

To shop Stephanie’s favorite KOODING looks visit:

https://www.kooding.com/Whats-Hot/Influencer-Closet/Stephanie-Ahn/

And follow Stephanie’s Instagram & YouTube channels!

Happy Shopping!

 

Start the Year Off with our Top 5 Stylist Picks of January


Our team chose out our top 5 favorite pieces for the month of January! 

1. Miss Flower Traditional Jacket -Envylook
2. All Season Skirt-Envylook

Every New Year it is Korean Tradition to bow to your elders before getting a blessing for the year to come. This tradition is often accompanied by traditional Korean clothing known as a Hanbok (한복). Hanboks are often created with vibrant colors and simple lining and they were often worn during traditional festivals and celebrations during the Joseon period of Korean History.

In order to ring in the New Year and remember our Korean heritage, our team selected these two items to start off 2018. This modern day Hanbok brings a new twist to the original that we all love and admire! It can be worn for any special occasion or worn separately for a modern feel.

3. Now Us Hair Band-Chuu

2018 seems like it’ll be the year of accessories! Adding an accessory can definitely switch up a look and this hairband is perfect for vamping up any outfit. Small changes can make huge differences~

4. Peal Earrings-Cherrykoko

Speaking of accessories, earrings are a huge plus for any outfit! It can make a look preppy, chic, or minimal depending on the piece you choose to wear! This Peal Earring is subtle enough to not draw too much attention away from your clothes while still being loud enough for people to notice!

5. Stitch Plaid Wool Beret-Justone

If you haven’t picked up a beret yet, what have you been doing! Berets…newsboys caps…the list goes on! Perfect for when you didn’t shower the night before and perfect for making it seem like you’re fashionable and put together at the same time. If you haven’t hopped on the trend yet, you’re seriously behind! Grab one today!

 

If you made it this far, thanks for reading about our top 5 favorite stylist picks for the month of January! We hope you enjoyed it! Happy Shopping~

-KOODING Team-

 

 

Cozy Sweats with Keri Hyjurick-Stories of KOODING

Find out how Keri styles cozy sweats for an everyday look on her site !
Whether you’re going to class or picking up groceries, comfort is always a top priority. Have a matching top with some sweatpants will make your look put-together and refined while eliminating the discomfort.


Training Set by LAGirl

Comfort is seriously key for me now, especially in the dead of winter when one . cannot be bothered to be dressed to the nines 24/7.“-Keri

This cropped boxy sweater with small white stitching details on the side add the perfect amount of design to turn this basic red sweater into something more interesting. The vibrant red is a statement in and of itself and will definitely draw attention to your outfit no matter how far you are!

Share with us your style for a chance to be featured with the hashtag #KOODING and tag us as well (@KOODING).

Thanks for reading and happy shopping!

 

 

Film Festival Ready with Toshiko!- Humans of KOODING

Napa Valley’s Film Festival is a perfect combination of exciting and fun. Blogger Toshiko heads up to San Francisco to explore all that Northern California has to offer!

She manages to look poised and professional by styling KOODING clothing through two very different outfits. Outfit number one has a pop of color with her red leather jacket on top of our Mocha Coffee Dress by MOCOBLING. She adds cute accessories such as round sunnies, a small black purse, and some white heeled leather loafers to top it off.

Shop Toshiko’s look : Mocha Coffee Dress

Toshiko’s second outfit is definitely a lot girly with our lacy Moldive Beach Tee & Dress Set by Fiona. Add some rounded Ray Ban sunnies, vintage heels, and a small purse and you’re ready for wine tasting! The textures in outfit #2 definitely stand out and make the outfit unique and elegant. 

Shop Toshiko’s look: Moldive Beach Tee & Dress Set 

Make sure to check out Toshiko’s blog post up on her site and share your style with the hashtag #KOODING and don’t forget to tag us @KOODING as well! Post a blog and you might get featured on our site! For more outfits, check out KOODING.com! Happy Shopping~

Best,
KOODING Team

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